In my house we always start our tree decoration with the lights. And this year, because our schedules have been surprisingly full – mostly due to end-of-the-year deadlines at work – we have approached tree decoration in a three-stage process.
First, of course, we bought the tree and set it in it’s stand. Then we decided to give it a bit of time for it’s branches to relax before attempting to shove light strands and decorations onto it. The second step, then, was to put on strands of tree lights. As this year’s tree was a tad smaller than previous years, we first applied one strand of white lights. Once we were happy with the placement of the whites, we moved on to a strand of colored lights. Again, only one strand was needed. And, of course, our tree topper star (which is lit from the inside) finished the lighting ceremony.
As always, we had celebratory vino to enjoy as we engaged in this part of our holiday tradition. Don’t get the wrong idea. It isn’t as though all our holidays follow this kind of planning. I remember a rainy and frenzied Xmas Eve on which we bought our tree and decorations then decorated it. But that is a story for another time. Anyway, in this case, we observed the lighting ceremony with a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.
Winemaker: Sauvignon Republic
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: Marlborough, NZ
Price: $7.99 at Trader Joe’s
Notes: This NZ wine from “Latitude 42° South” was very pungent, presenting tropical scents in the bouquet. Acidity was high in a typically light-bodied Sauvignon Blanc with alcohol at 13%. Flavors my tongue experienced included guava, starfruit, grass and white pepper. I found it started out gently sweet on the palate and ended nicely tart. I thought it was an enjoyable glass of inexpensive white wine.